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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA’S TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE
Marco Island, Fla. (2009) – Marco Island, the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands, is located at southern tip of Southwest Florida’s Paradise Coast. A beachfront paradise located just north of the Gulf Coast entrance to Everglades National Park and 15 miles south of Naples, the island is surrounded by the Gulf
of Mexico on one side and pristine mangrove estuaries on the other.
Marco Island is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and offers world-class golf courses
nearby, shopping and dining on Marco Island and in nearby Naples, the world famous Everglades
National Park immediately adjacent, and immediate access to both the Gulf of Mexico and the mangrove-
lined estuaries of the Ten Thousand Islands for shelling, fishing, boating, bird and wildlife watching,
kayaking and canoeing.
NATURAL CHOICE FOR RELAXATION AND ADVENTURE
The natural environment in and around Marco Island provides the perfect backdrop for both relaxing and
adventurous activities. Marco Island’s beach and surrounding sand bars offer some of the best shelling in the world. A casual stroll along Marco Island beaches will reward the shell seeker with a wide variety of
shells including whelks, olive shells, scallops and hundreds of other gems of the sea. A number of island
tour operators provide short trips by boat to nearby deserted sand bars and beach islands that are
covered in keepsake shells and free from crowds, providing a relaxed atmosphere to search for these
The Ten Thousand Islands stretch endlessly from Marco Island’s southern edge, winding past Everglades
City and Chokoloskee all the way down to Flamingo at the southern tip of Florida’s mainland. A large
percentage of the Ten Thousand Islands is located within the boundaries of either the Ten Thousand
Islands National Wildlife Refuge or Everglades National Park, providing a haven for numerous rare and
endangered animal and bird species.
Bird watchers and adventurers can easily access this water wonderland from Marco Island in a variety of
ways. Canoes and kayaks are readily available for rent, with both short and extended tour routes
available. The Paradise Coast Blueway’s Phase I - Ten Thousand Islands section provides GPS points
for paddling routes between Goodland on Marco Island and Everglades City. Routes are available at
www.paradisecoastblueway.com. Beachfront water sports operators provide guided Waverunner tours through nearby mangrove islands with information on the mangrove estuary and its inhabitants, including
bottlenose dolphin, manatee, sea otter, alligator, crocodile, wood stork, brown and white pelicans, roseate
spoonbill, herons, egrets and more.
Marco Island is flanked by nearly 100 miles of islands, bays and estuaries that will never be developed.
Access to this nearby wilderness is possible through the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research
Reserve, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Collier-Seminole State Park, Fakahatchee
Strand State Preserve, Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. These conditions
provide a paradise for nature photographers, anglers and outdoor adventurers.
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Backcountry fishing is highly popular around Marco Island and reels in plenty of snook, tarpon, redfish,
trout, pompano and many more species. Experienced guides are readily available for fishing excursions
from Marco Island, Chokoloskee, Everglades City, Goodland and other nearby areas and include
backcountry flats fishing and deep-sea charters into the Gulf of Mexico for grouper, kingish and snapper.
Marco Island is an oasis for getaway golfing with several courses located nearby including The Rookery
at Marco – the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s newly redesigned course that also features the
Faldo Golf Institute instruction program. There are many nearby courses in Naples easily accessible to
Marco Island is well known in archeological circles as an important center of early American civilization,
based on priceless artifacts recovered there dating back to the Calusa Indians. A dozen key historic
markers across the island chart Marco Island history, including one the most historically significant
archeological excavations in North America. At this site, archeologists have unearthed artifacts found to
be more than 3,000 years old, including the priceless Key Marco Cat sculpture, now located at The
Smithsonian. Other historic markers placed around the island identify ancient burial mounds, island
marinas, an 1883 historic inn, remnants of the Caxambas Clam Colony, the remains of the Marco Island
Witch Watchtower and more. Marco Island Trolley tours are hosted by knowledgeable and entertaining
guides who not only know the history of Marco Island but also have a pulse on current events and
activities explorers can soak up after the tour.
The Marco Island Historical Society has two free museum locations on the island. One, in the Shops at
Olde Marco, features items documenting the Calusa Indian settlements on the island, and the other,
located within the Marco Island Area Board of Realtors office, showcases both ancient history and the
modern day settlers who made Marco Island what it is today. In early 2010 the historical society will
debut the first phase of the spectacular new Marco Island Historical Museum, which will continue to be
expanded and developed over the next five to ten years.
Marco Island offers many shopping treasures. Specialty shops and resort boutiques offer everything from
bathing suits and island wear to the finest designer fashions and art work. Shopping goes beyond beach
wear, with stores that offer artistic items of local flavor and interesting souvenirs. Conveniently located
just a few miles off the island is Prime Outlets, with over 40 stores offering designer clothing and shoes,
books and house wares at discount prices. The Marco Island Center for the Arts has a free gallery that
includes a gift shop selling locally produced art pieces. Naples is just a short drive away with many
shopping destinations including the downtown Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South shopping
districts, along with Tin City, The Village on Venetian Bay, Coastland Center and Waterside Shops, with
an extensive list of new luxury stores opening in early 2006.
Chef Alberto Varreto brings the authentic tastes of northern Italy with gourmet flair to Sale e Pepe at
Marco Beach Ocean Resort with spectacular Gulf of Mexico views. Kurrents at Marco Island Marriott
Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa features fusion cuisine utilizing outstanding seafood, steaks and more,
and an extensive martini menu. Popular area restaurants such as Snook Inn and Café de Marco
specialize in fresh Gulf seafood. For laid-back waterfront ambiance, Stan’s Idle Hour in the village of
Goodland offers fresh seafood daily and unique entertainment every Sunday afternoon. From 1-6 pm,
enjoy Stan’s unique humor as he performs many of his locally popular novelty songs, along with a
country band, a fashion show from the Island Woman boutique and a casual menu including seafood
sandwiches. Nearby the Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland serves up fresh Florida seafood and steaks
along with live entertainment in the lounge.
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Marco Island’s accommodations range from luxurious waterfront resorts to villa resorts, small motels and
a historic inn, as well as private condominiums and elegant homes available for short and long term
vacation rental. The luxurious Marco Beach Ocean Resort offers 98 one and two-bedroom suites, a spa
and rooftop swimming pool overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf
Club & Spa is a destination in itself, with 727 rooms and extensive resort activities, children’s programs
and facilities. This resort has just emerged from a $200+ million renovation including a spectacular
Balinese-themed spa, a new pool, new meeting facilities and room enhancements. The Hilton Marco
Island Beach Resort & Spa is a Four Star, Four Diamond, newly renovated resort with several excellent
dining options and a new spa that opened in December 2008. The Olde Marco Island Inn & Suites,
dating back to 1883, is a historic retreat that is regarded as one of the most romantic in Southwest Florida.
The original Inn, located on a former Calusa Indian shell mound, now houses the reception area and
restaurant, with both indoor and courtyard garden seating. The Inn features 51 new one and two
bedroom, two bath suites decorated with a tropical flair, within walking distance of shops and some of the
island’s favorite restaurants and waterfront bars. The Boathouse Motel offers old-Florida ambiance and
slips for your boat with direct Gulf of Mexico access. Marco Island Lakeside Inn, a Superior Small
Lodging, features a cozy lakefront atmosphere close to shopping, dining and the beaches.
In addition, hundreds of private condominiums and beautiful homes located from the Gulf beaches to the
canal-lined neighborhoods of Marco Island offer a variety of choices for vacationers. These
accommodations offer visitors amenities such as family and dining rooms, kitchens, washers and dryers,
private balconies with spectacular views and all the comforts of home. For a complete listing of
accommodations on Marco Island visit www.paradisecoast.com.
GETTING TO MARCO ISLAND
Getting to Marco Island is easy. From I-75, take Exit 101 and head south on Collier Boulevard for 20
miles to Marco Island. The Marco Island Executive Airport offers private jet service and charter flights to
and from nearby international. Southwest Florida International Airport is located forty-five minutes north in
Fort Myers. The airport’s new Midfield Terminal offers greatly expanded air service, including daily flights on Southwest Airlines. Marco Island can be reached from Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm
Beach via I-75, also known as Alligator Alley; or from Miami via U.S. Highway 41, also known as the
Tamiami Trail, designated as a U.S. Scenic Byway and a Florida Scenic Highway. Marco Island is
convenient to Naples, with a wealth of shopping, dining and cultural opportunities, as well as Everglades
National Park, Everglades City and a number of state and federal nature preserves and parks nearby.
For a free visitors guide, brochure or other information on places to stay and things to do along the
Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades, visit www.ParadiseCoast.com or call 1-800-
688-3600. International visitors may call (239) 225-1013
The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official tourism marketing
agency for Collier County, Florida, funded entirely by the Collier County tourist development tax.